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'Man Seeking Woman': 5 things we've learned from the trailer

New shows are premiering at a faster rate than I can keep up with these days. In fact, I think we need to invent a word for a new kind of anxiety that stems from knowing you will never be able to watch all the shows you really want to.

I’m really picky with what I will spend my time on. This is especially true of comedies. When a comedy fails, it really fails, and as we’ve seen with A to Z and Selfie, many comedies don’t even last that long. However, Man Seeking Woman, a new comedy on FXX premiering on January 14, has all the markings of a successful new show. Check out the trailer:

Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

1. The show comes from the mind of Simon Rich, one of the best modern comedy writers. Rich, the producer and showrunner, based Man Seeking Woman on his book The Last Girlfriend on Earth and Other Love Stories. Short of starring in the series, he could not be more involved in it. For those not familiar with Rich’s comedy style, think of it as smart Dad humor. He takes a lot of familiar comedic tropes and puns, then spins them to feel almost postmodern. There’s an eagerness and playfulness to his writing, sprinkled with bouts of really dark humor. One of my favorite things he’s written, and one that I think really represents his work well, is “Guy Walks into a Bar,” which appeared in the New Yorker in 2013.

Man Seeking Woman

2. Star Jay Baruchel has got charisma. How is he not a huge Hollywood star already? It’s baffling. Baruchel is in just about everything these days, although he’s the last of the Apatow crew to get household name recognition. Formerly the geeky kid from Undeclared, he’s been just as funny in This is The End and Tropic Thunder. He’s even been in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. Once cast as the dorky awkward kid, Baruchel has now perfected the “dorky Jewish twenty-something.” Here’s a quite adorable video of him auditioning for Undeclared:

3. Man Seeking Woman‘s general premise may seem unoriginal, but the show makes it original by using elements of fantasy and visual gags. There’s something really earnest about a show that breaks from reality; I’m growing a little tired of the straightforward “bro” comedy that’s been spewed forth lately. The last show to really pull off this kind of fantasy is the brilliant but canceled Herman’s Head. Our protagonist, Josh, even gets a lecture about masturbating from his hand. I’m already laughing at the scene where his mother’s prying about his love life turns into a literal interrogation.

Man Seeking Woman

4. A talented supporting cast. Eric Andre, delightful in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, plays Josh’s best friend. SNL favorite Vanessa Bayer plays a potential love interest. The premise of the show leaves room for many other comedic actresses to guest star, which is always good.

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5. The city of Chicago looks believable. We need another show with twenty-somethings set in a big city we need a hole in the head, but the Chicago we’re briefly shown looks like the real thing, and our brief glimpse of Josh’s apartment seems more realistic than certain young twenty-somethings’ apartments of the past (ahem, Monica and Rachel).

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A two-minute trailer won’t give us the whole picture, and the “old man at the party named Hitler” bit is a bit messy (and is that Johnny Knoxville in his Bad Grandpa makeup?). But there’s enough of a hint of originality to give me great hope for this one.

Man Seeking Woman premieres Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 10:30/9:30C on FXX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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